MALKY Mackay will today step up his attempts to bring in three more players after a freak training-ground injury to Emyr Huws compounded the misery surrounding Wigan Athletic.
The emergency loan market re-opened this morning, and Mackay is seeking reinforcements in defence, midfield and attack ahead of the last 17 games that will decide his side’s fate.
Mackay has already been the busiest manager in the country over the past few weeks, moving on 10 players and drafting in eight new faces as he tries to freshen things up at the DW.
He was already seeking one more attacker as well as a replacement for centre-back Liam Ridgewell – who plays the last game on his short-term loan spell at Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night – before receiving the crushing news that Huws will miss the rest of the season with an ankle problem.
“Emyr’s rolled his ankle badly, we’ve had it looked at and he’s going to need operating on,” revealed Mackay.
“He’s going to be out for three or four months, and that’s a real disappointment.
“He came back in for a couple of games, he grabbed his chance and did really well, and it’s a real blow for us and him.”
Having offloaded midfielders Ben Watson, Roger Espinoza, Adam Forshaw, Shaun Maloney and Fraser Fyvie in the January transfer window, Latics are now looking a little light in that area as well as defence and attack.
“We’re certainly looking for another one at the back, because we lose Liam after Wednesday,” Mackay acknowledged.
“I was also looking for another centre-forward, and Emyr’s injury means we’ll certainly be looking in that areas as well.
“We’d like to have done more during January.
But it’s a tough month, and I don’t think there’s a club in the country apart from Chelsea and Manchester City that got exactly what they wanted.
“That’s why the emergency loan market is of benefit to clubs in the Championship, and we’ll be scouring the market to try to improve the squad again.”
With one eye on Wednesday’s crunch clash at Forest, the Latics chief will be working hard both on and off the pitch to try to turn round Wigan’s fortunes.
“We’ll be trying to get people in before Wednesday, whether we’ll be able to do so I’m not so sure but it’s something we’ll focus on over the next couple of weeks,” he added.
“You’re at the mercy of the Premier League clubs in terms of when they want to loan out their players.
“But we’re certainly going to be trying to do that because we need two or three more players on board.”
James Perch has an outside chance of making Wednesday’s game against his former side after tweaking a hamstring in training last week.
Chris Herd is also a slight doubt after being forced off an hour into his debut at the weekend with a tight Achilles.